Netanyahu, Jordan’s king hold secret talks on Syria

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah II have held a secret meeting over Syria, a report said on Thursday.

According to a report published by leading Israeli daily Haaretz on Wednesday, Israeli authorities confirmed such a meeting had taken place in the Jordanian capital, Amman. The date of the meeting, however, was not reported. 

The secret meeting mainly concentrated on what Israeli media said was the chemical weapons stock in Syria. 

On December 3, US President Barack Obama said in reference to the Syrian government, “The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.” 

Damascus strongly dismissed the allegation. 

On December 17, Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja’afari said in a letter to the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the militants could use chemical weapons against Syrians and try to shift the blame to the government. 

The Syrian Foreign Ministry also stated on December 9 that Damascus would never use chemical weapons against Syrians, warning that ‘terrorist groups’ may resort to such arms. 

The US magazine Atlantic reported on December 3 that the Israeli regime was seeking “permission” by the Jordanian government to bomb the “chemical weapons sites” inside Syria.

Netanyahu has sent representatives of the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, to Amman twice over the past weeks in a bid to coordinate the issue with the Jordanian government, the report said. 

Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil that began in Syria in March 2011. The Syrian government says certain Western states, especially the United States, and their regional allies are trying to fuel the unrest. 

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